"If you do find yourself with a dog bed infestation of bed bugs – chances are that bed bugs have found themselves on your dog bed because there is no other food source available to them."
Bed bugs. The mere sound of the word is enough to make your skin crawl. Known to infest homes and bite us when we’re sleeping, if you’ve been unfortunate enough to have ever shared your bed with these tiny parasites, then you’ll know what an irritant they can be. But have you ever considered if your dog bed could become home to bed bugs?
Attracted to warm-blooded animals, bed bugs have a surprising preference for human blood. Unlike ticks and fleas they struggle to travel through hair and fur, so whilst it’s not unheard of for them to be found on a dog bed, if you do find yourself with a dog bed infestation of bed bugs – chances are that bed bugs have found themselves on your dog bed because there is no other food source available to them. Finding bed bugs on your dog bed should get your alarm bells ringing as it can be a sign of a bigger infestation throughout your home.
Bed bugs can take a few days to take hold, which can make it particularly tricky to know where and when they infested. Bed bugs cannot fly or jump. If you train your eye to look for bed bugs then you’ll know what to spot should an infestation break out on your dog bed. Take a look on the internet at some picture of bed bugs, and also keep a lookout for bed bug faeces which is black, dark brown or reddish in colour.
The most likely method of bed bug transportation is from clothes or luggage from an infested hotel, or from coming into contact with bed bugs whilst travelling. If you feel bites on your skin then tumble dry your clothes on a high heat immediately, and make sure you unpack outside.
If you have found bed bugs in your dog bed, placing your removable dog bed cover in the tumble dryer for half an hour. The heat from the dryer will kill off the adults and their eggs.
If your dog bed doesn’t have a removable washable cover, then you should consider getting one to prevent you having to throw your dog bed away, should you be unlucky enough to find yourself with an infestation of bed bugs. There are a range of pillow dog beds and dog lounger beds with durable, washable and removable covers available from Wild Manor. All have great designs and look great in any home.